Title:
Blunt external trauma to the trachea: report of two cases
Authors:
M. Almasi, M. Andrasovska and J. Koval
Institutions:
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, School of Medicine and Teaching Hospital of Safarik University, Kosice, Slovak Republic
Keywords:
Trachea; blunt injuries; rupture; tracheal stenosis
Pages:
93 - 96
Abstract:
Blunt external trauma to the trachea: report of two cases. We present two cases of blunt external trauma to the trachea. The first was a 19-year-old man who had suffered rupture of the first tracheal ring as a consequence of attempting suicide by hanging from a cable. The second was an 11-year-old boy who fell from a bicycle and struck his neck against the handlebars. Fracture of the second tracheal ring was found at surgery. Both cases were treated by pri- mary repair.A surgical exploration is essential in the case of subcutaneous emphysema, even if no respiratory distress is present and a radiological evaluation is negative. Follow up, according to the extent and type of injury, is recom- mended to prevent post traumatic stenosis of the trachea.
Issue:
Vol. 1, 2005, 2nd trimester


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Blunt external trauma to the trachea: report of two cases